Brian Ball, 27, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2022 at LGH with his loving family at his side after his courageous battle with anorexia. Brian’s keen intellect, sharp wit, striking blue eyes, and abundant kindness will be greatly missed.
Born in Lancaster in 1995, Brian graduated from Manheim Township HS, class of 2014, where he competed on the cross country and swim teams. Brian excelled academically and demonstrated a passion for the sciences. He attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown as a biochemistry major, serving as a biology department tutor and playing ultimate frisbee.
A fitness enthusiast, Brian loved to hike and spend time outdoors. He enjoyed camping with family and friends, vacations at the Jersey Shore, and trips to his grandfather’s cabin for family reunions. Brian’s nature was truly caring and sensitive. He volunteered at local hospitals helping to comfort and make lives easier for patients.
Brian struggled for over a decade with his eating disorder. While the overwhelming intensity and duration of treatments took an enormous toll, he forever remained committed in his desire to support other young people suffering from this terrible illness.
Brian is survived by his parents, Michael and Lisa Ball of Lancaster, sister Katie of Philadelphia, brother Stephen of Houston, TX, his twin brother Matthew of Lancaster, and devoted grandparents Thomas and Amelia Radziwon of Pittsburgh, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins across eight states. Brian was preceded in death by his adoring grandparents Harry and Catherine Ball.
There will be a visitation on Friday, November 25th from 5pm-7pm at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church (601 E Delp Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601). The family will also receive visitors on Saturday, November 26th at 10am at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Brian’s memory can be made to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) at https://anad.org/donate/.
Brian was a fighter till the end. He fought against this nasty and mean disease. I am sending so much love Brain and to your family.
Dear Michael and Lisa – I met your son last year at the Hempfield recCenter, where he would come for daily workouts. There were times he would miss the last bus and I gladly gave him a ride home. We talked extensively about his illness (he was very open and honest) and strategized small steps to overcome his disorder. He shared with me his lovely childhood and caring family. It was clear that he was an intelligent, caring person that loved you all. His brain lied to him and I am sorry that he could not overcome the voice in his head. My heart breaks for your family.
This is truly heartbreaking. Brian fought a long hard battle and we are so very sorry for your loss. The Harrison family
Truly heartbreaking. Brian fought a long battle and we are so sorry for your loss